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Monday, August 07, 2006

In Memoriam: William Wyatt, Jr.

The following message was sent to us by Delia Perez Meyer, a long-time friend of William Wyatt, Jr. Delia's brother, Louis Castro Perez, is on death row as well. Please email us if you'd like to learn more about Louis's case and how you can get involved.

I wanted to say a few words about William Wyatt's execution yesterday.  I went to visit my brother, so that he could say goodbye to William.  They were allowed to touch hands and say a little prayer together through the holes in their cages, and in handcuffs.  William was a strong warrior, as his family filed in to say their last goodbyes.  William was one of my pen pals for the last 8 years, he was a very good man, and was totally innocent of the crime he was accused of.  Because he is poor, he never had the proper representation and therefore, he never stood a chance against this killing machine!

As he was led away by 4 higher rank employees, his family was flanked by 4 guards as they were escorted off the property, and were told, "We know you're a little emotional, but you need to get off this property now!"  It was the most cruel and unnusual, disgusting, sickening treatment of a family I have ever seen.

We went with the family to the Hospitality House where we all awaited for a greuling 6 hours until it was time to go to the Walls Unit where William was murdered by this State of Texas.  I stood outside the prison walls by myself, because none of his family could stand to go and watch.  There were 3 other ladies from Spring, Texas - God Bless them!

His family and I cried, wailed, prayed all day - they were so sad, so hurt, so shocked, and completely unconsolable.  They all knew he was innocent and they all loved him so very much.

I spoke to William at length just before he was executed and told him that we loved him, we knew he was innocent, and we would continue the fight to abolish the evil death penalty, and to someday get to the truth in his case.

I have to tell you it was the most gut wrenching, horrific, disgusting day of my life.  We should all be ashamed, and livid, and horrified by what this state continues to do, day after day, week after week, month after month, and year after year – executing, killing, murdering our loved ones!

I will never be the same again - we all have blood on our hands for not doing enough, for not fighting hard enough, for not coming to the aid of each and every single man being executed.  It has given me just the kick in the ass that I needed to say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! - a moratorium is not enough - we need to ABOLISH THE DEATH PENALTY NOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!

William's last words to me were, "Please tell everyone who is fighting against the death penalty that I said thank you"; and William's last words on this Earth were, "I did not kill that baby" and "I am going home to my heavenly Father." As William was executed, the skies opened up, a beautiful moon shone through the clouds, and incredibly, many beautiful birds poured in from the heavens, and hovered around the death chamber. God Bless William and God Bless his family today, as they bury their beloved son.

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